Style in Art

Stephanie Ross

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279456
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Style in Art


The work of two contemporary philosophers in particular, Nelson Goodman and Richard Wollheim, has done much to clarify our understanding of style and of the complex issues with which style becomes intertwined. This article looks through the lens of their proposals. In ‘The Status of Style’, Goodman emphasizes that ‘Style comprises certain characteristic features both of what is said and of how it is said, both of subject and of wording, both of content and of form’. This is an important corrective to the temptation to take style as entirely constituted by formal or surface qualities. Goodman makes his point with examples drawn from nonfiction.

Keywords: Nelson Goodman; Richard Wollheim; style in art; subject; wording; formal qualities; surface qualities; nonfiction

Article.  8565 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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